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Meet West LA Makeup Artist: Rachel Galey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Galey.

Rachel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started my journey as a makeup artist while I was in college. I worked for Estée Lauder and realized I really loved doing makeup over what I was majoring in. Soon after I graduated I moved from Michigan to Los Angeles and took off as a freelancer. I attended Joe Blasco Makeup Center and learned everything from basic beauty to special fx makeup. With an interest in skincare, I later received my esthetician’s license as well. The last ten years as a makeup artist has been a crazy adventure I’ve worked on projects where I have met some really amazing people along the way.

Has it been a smooth road?
I definitely wouldn’t call it a smooth road. Sometimes you hit those potholes, but you always come out. As a freelancer, things can be super unpredictable and a little scary at times. You’re going into these projects or meeting a totally new crew not always knowing what to expect or what is expected of you. It’s not like we work a 9-5 job where you know exactly what you are supposed to do on the daily and the paycheck is always the same every week. However, a lot of the time it can be very smooth and I think I appreciate it even more because of the experiences where things can be bumpy. All I know is that I am supposed to do my job at the best of my capacity. It’s an exciting career where there is endless opportunity. You never know what is around the corner and I wouldn’t trade it!

What’s your outlook for the industry over the next 5-10 years?
The beauty industry is changing a lot with social media influence. I see it continuing to change the way makeup is applied and trends that go along with it. Bloggers and Youtubers are having a huge impact on products and tricks on how they are used.

What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you over the course of your career?
Being a makeup artist in LA can be extremely challenging at times because there are so many of us. It is a very competitive field to be in and you definitely have to have some thick skin as well as patience and determination to be successful.

What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
Keep going for it and stay positive! If you continue to throw yourself out there you will make more opportunities for your career and also build a great network!

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 818.324.3261
  • Email:
  • Instagram: Rachgal1213
  • Facebook: @rachelgaleymakeup


Image Credit:
Suzanne Strong Photography
Jerome Duchange
Cynthia Shaffer

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